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Spirit Tree – Estate Reserve 2015

Spirit Tree – Estate Reserve 2015

Cider Profile:

Name:  Spirit Tree Estate Reserve Cider (2015)
Sampled January 2019

Brand: Spirit Tree Estate Cidery
Apple – Dry
Location of Brewing:
Caledon, On.
Website Link:
Gluten Free:
Sugar Content: N/A

Size(s) available: 750 mL (bottle)
Spirit Tree Retail Store
Pale chardonnay yellow
Very few small bubbles that are don’t move.


Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Strong musty aroma. Funky, earthy, bitter notes. Wood/oak notes from fermentation.
Initial Taste: No bite, a truly still cider. Some tanginess and acidity. Mature apple flavour, with a lot of must and funk.
After Taste: Musty apple continues. Oak notes from barreling become more defined on the pallet. Elements similar to a white wine. Creamy, dry apple finish.
On ice: Ice makes the cider thinner, less tangy and have less flavour. Less aftertaste length.

Additional Notes: Spirit Tree’s Estate Reserve is a mature, rare offering from Spirit Tree. A truly still cider, it confused our palates, as we are typically primed for some carbonation sensation when consuming ciders. A lot of funk and must are noticeable; with the oak barreling process coming through in the flavour as well. It has many white wine characteristics and the aging process is very evident. It is different for a Spirit Tree cider, but it still has many familiar elements.

Rated on a scale of 1-5
Sweet – 3
Sour – 2.5
Crisp – 2
Dry – 3.5
Fruity – 2

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – County Apple Cider
More Sour – Fieldbird – Buzzing Chatter
More Dry – Kings Mill – Scrumpy
More Crisp – Clafeld – Smashed Apple Cider

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